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Favorite Long Island Restaurants

I know its incredibly general, but I'm interested in finding some great new places to try and figured I'd see if anybody wanted to wax poetic about their favorite restaurants. I'm personally in eastern nassau (farmingdale) but I'm willing to travel for a great meal.

I'm not looking for anything in particular as far as cuisine or price, just wanted to find out about people's favorites.

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  1. If you could tell us some of the places you like we can try to give you other suggestions.

    1. I don't know about waxing poetic, but one or two places come to mind. I'll stick to simpler fare, since you didn't say if you wanted to try anywhere fancy/pricey.

      In Bay Shore, there's Smokin' Al's Barbecue (http://www.smokinals.com/ ). I've found good barbecue tough to come by in the NY area, but this place is pretty good. Prepare to be stuffed and still have food to bring home in a doggie bag!

      Another idea is in Huntington. A place called 34 New Street is coincidentally located at 34 New Street. ;) What were the odds? Seriously, they have some excellent soups/chowders. Their fried calamari is excellent. For a main course, I like their personal pizzas. The chicken dijon pizza is very good. It's not fancy, but it's good and not too pricey.

      If you want fancy, that's something else. Say the word!

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      1. re: jessnyus

        Just be prepared to wait at Smokin' Als. It's pretty good for the price and tasty food, but it's VERY loud and noisy and usually a long wait. We do take-out!

        1. re: jessnyus

          Smokin Als in Bayshore was very good both times I was there. Smokin Als in Massapequa has gone from so so to awful. The 3 times I have eaten there (because it is closer to me then bayshore) the last time, last week was the final time! We ordered sandwiches & sides to go. Could not tell the difference between the pork and the chicken, 5 of us that is. The brisket was just awful. The only thing good was the corn bread. The worst mac & cheese ever!

        2. I've had good food and service at 21 Main in Sayville and Jedidiah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. Both are expensive (about $200 for two people), but worth it for that once in a while special dinner.

          -Bill
          (http://www.loving-long-island.com)

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          1. re: TheLongIslandGuy

            Second the 21 Main suggesetin and will add Teller's Chop House in Islip. Expensive but a very nice and a really nice room. Besetito in Huntington is quite good.

            1. re: TheLongIslandGuy

              I went to jedediah hawkins inn twice with a group of 6. The food was decent but not worth the high price. Both experiences were unpleasant. The first time we ordered wine and it tasted like it had gone bad. The server insisted that we would have to pay if we sent it back. We did and they did. I was stunned. My arm was twisted to go a second time. I ordered an entree from the special menu and was brought something similar from the regular menu. No real apology from the server or manager and no accomodation for the error. When we received our $$$$$ bill there was a charge for a cheese plate $35 which we never ordered. The server explained that it was from our bar tab downstairs. We never were downstairs. They took it off the bill reluctantly. YIKES!! I'll never go back

              1. re: Motosport

                Wow, sounds even worse than with the original owners, at least they had some class.

            2. We go to Fisherman's Catch in Point Lookout every summer.
              Regards,
              JK

              1. Cliff's Elbow East south of the north road near Greenport. It offers marinated or un marinated steaks, lobster, shrimp (other seafood too but these offerings are worth the trip. A fair number of newer restaurants in and around Greenport ,Southold, Jamesport etc... Check Newsday for more specs and locations.

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                1. re: feelinpeckish

                  Actually, the Elbow East is North of the North Rd (Rt 48) in Southold. You make a left turn just before the 4 lane narrows to a 2 lane. Sign is on the North side. It's up near the beach. Great place.

                  1. re: Motosport

                    One of the venerable old style restaurants in Southold:
                    P*ss Clams, Fried Calamari for the table
                    Bowl of Chowder
                    Marinated Steak
                    ...and a martini at the bar is still olive or twist, not chocolate, vanilla or tutti frutti...